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snapshots of my week – 16th august

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i still can’t get over that it’s over halfway through august! for some reason it just hit me at the beginning of the month how fast it’s gone so far. lots of ups and downs and potential things happening. i think it’s the potential things that get to me the most though. the waiting can be excruciating sometimes, can’t it!
anyway, as always i’ve tried to keep myself busy for the most part. i got a new lens (a total bargain on ebay) that i’ve wanted for quite some time now so i’ve been playing with that a bit. it’s easy to use as i know how to use a camera properly, but even so i may need to get used to it a bit. it’s a much faster lens (f1.8) compared to my kit lens which is 3.5 wide open and i feel i have much more control with this new one. the autofocus seems a bit hit and miss though, which is a shame.
what i really want now is a 28 or 35mm lens so i can have one that’s closer to a 50mm on my 450d. they’re a LOT more expensive though. it might even work out being more cost effective buying a full frame body at some point so i can just use this lens, which is a 50mm and would work as so, i’ve seen 5d mark ii’s around for very affordable prices (bonus being i could do videos too).

snapshots of my week   16th august

snapshots of my week   16th august

snapshots of my week   16th august

snapshots of my week   16th august

the succulents oh no rachio sent me are doing well!

snapshots of my week   16th august

my watch for templar publishing. lots of illustrators get to doodle on paper watches, which will then be auctioned to raise money for breast cancer care. i went with ice creams, as you can see!

snapshots of my week   16th august

we went for a curry wednesday, just going out anywhere for food is a rarity for us, so that was nice. here is me looking very unimpressed about the prospect of tasty food.

snapshots of my week   16th august

snapshots of my week   16th august

i had a ‘persian’ biryani. i genuinely have no idea what makes it persian. regardless, it was very tasty! it was meant to have pineapple in and it only had a tiny bit, so that was a bit disappointing.

snapshots of my week   16th august

the other half had chicken saag which is one of my favourite indian dishes, along with dopiaza. i’m getting hungry again now!

snapshots of my week – 9th august

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this has been another busy week of painting and pattern making and that is absolutely fine with me! i also have a few potential bits of good news to share, but can’t actually do so until things have been finalised. such a tease! still, potential good news is better than actual bad news, isn’t it.

i realised at the beginning of the week there was a good few points amassing on the mr t. clubcard so i decided to treat myself. it probably would’ve been best to save more, but as i have pretty much no money and very rarely buy things for myself, i thought i deserved a ‘no spend’ treat at least! i bought these two books. i do love books. if you have any art/illustration books to recommend, i’d love to know!

v&a pattern book - 50's

lucienne day patterns

i’ve wanted this book for quite a while actually. i wish it was bigger, but it’s still a decent size. i love this double page with some lucienne day patterns!

sara midda book

sara midda book - house numbers

i only actually discovered this book/artist whilst i was browsing. it’s nice to discover new (to you) artists! i absolutely love the watercolour stripes on the cover. to be honest, it’s what caught my attention. i know people say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes you have to trust your instincts! so glad i did. this is a lovely little book.

watercolour palette

watercolour paintings of ice creams and ice lollies

talking of watercolours, i’ve been painting lots of ice creams this week for some ice cream patterns! do you have any favourites? i think i’m going to do sweets and various confections next.

stone and leaf from battersea park

on saturday i went to london with my sister to see our dad. i forgot to take pictures but when we went for a walk in battersea park (he lives just around the corner from it) i picked these up. i still have a dried leaf from many years ago when he lived in putney, it’s such a lovely golden brown colour.

and here is a little bit of lavender i found. love finding bits of plant like this on the ground, i can rescue them and create a mini garden. always nice to have nature in the home, no matter how small!

snapshots of my week – 29th june

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a day late, but here it is!

i’ve been really busy this week working on something special. hopefully i will be able to share it with you next week. because of that i’ve not taken many pictures this week because, well, who wants to see loads of pictures of a computer screen? i should have taken some more progress photos but i kept forgetting. there are a couple on my instagram though if you’re interested. talking of instagram, i’ll be doing a quick giveaway on there on monday, so make sure you’re following to take part!

what have you been up to this week? fill me in.

green bug on kitchen counter

i found this lovely bug sitting on the counter top in the kitchen. it’s colour was so nice, such a perfect green.

orange glass bottle on abstract painted background

added yet another glass bottle to my ever growing collection.

butterfly brooch from charity shop on yellow jumper
 found this little butterfly brooch for 25p in a charity shop.
small cat tin with pattern on abstract painted background
found my favourite little cat tin that i thought i’d lost!
section of collage by laura redburn

a section of something i’ve been making for ‘the project’.

the complete guide to designing and printing fabric by laurie wisburn

i’ve yet to have a proper read, but had a flick through ‘the complete guide to designing and printing fabrics‘ by laurie wisburn which i got yesterday. looks good!

tortoiseshell cat on windowsill

and ava was beautiful as always.

snapshots of my week – 21st june

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this has been a very floral week! lots of looking at and drawing flowers. did you see the floral pattern i made last week?

i really want to plant lots of flowers and plants in the garden. i have quite a few plants in the house, which do surprisingly well considering how dark it is aside from the bedroom. when i go out in the garden i often feel disheartened though. apart from some bluebells every year it’s pretty sparse. it’s totally paved, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be pots! i don’t want plain boring ones that you can get anywhere though. been keeping an eye out for good sturdy ones in charity shops but i’ve no money for any at the moment!
if by any chance you have any seeds or cuttings you could send my way, that would be so amazing!
not just good for my eyes and mind, but having plants about will be good for bees and other insects too.

pink buddleja in small jam jar
pink buddleja in used brown beer bottle

on sunday i cut these flowers from the front ‘garden’. i’m not entirely sure what they are. does anybody know? they look like buddleja to me, but i’m not 100% sure on that. we used to have a huge purple buddleja bush in our back garden in the house i lived in as a child and the image of it always stuck in my head.

i’d been looking for a use for this beer bottle i got a while back ..which i bought just for the shape of it! ..the beer wasn’t bad either, ha. when i was cutting the flowers to put in the bottle, some of the smaller bits wouldn’t fit in, so i found a tiny jam jar i’d kept from christmas and put them in there. i think it looks so sweet!

plant and textured wooden backdrop
bluebells by worn textured door

lots of (what i’ve always assumed are) bluebells suddenly sprung up in the back and front garden. i love the colour of them against the garage door.

vintage upcycled cat figurine from trash things
this is actually from last week, but i didn’t post any pictures then. this lovely green kitty is from emma of trash things. trash things sells brightly coloured, up-cycled home decor and accessories. fabulous stuff if you want to brighten up your home a bit! loving the poodle and bird figurines.
photo of tortoiseshell cat, ava

talking of cats ..ava was being such a poser when i was in the back garden taking photos, so i just had to take a photo of her too. what a cutie!